mauldeath (mauldeath) wrote in linguaphiles,

Shakespeare, Halloween, Etc.

I am posting this here because this is the only group I am a part of that I believe has read a good deal (or at least some) of Shakespeare. Pardon me if this doesn't fit, but I can't think of anywhere else to go.

My question is: Do you think it would be inappropriate to go as Lavinia from Titus Andronicus for Halloween? In case you don't remember, Lavinia is the character who has her hands cut off and her tongue removed after being raped by the Goth Queen's two sons. I adore the play (even though most scholars do not), and I think Lavinia is one of the most easy to recognize characters, but I just don't know if it would be outlandish to go as a woman who has been raped and mutilated for Halloween. Am I just over thinking this? I'm not the best in these kinds of social predicaments, so if anyone has an opinion it would be much appreciated.


Update: Thank you guys for all your responses! Just to clarify a couple things that people brought up: I am president of a film club at my college and most of the people attending the party I am going to are part of the club. In it, we watched Julie Taymor's Titus, so I think most people really remember what Lavinia looks like. If not, I'll just say "Titus" and hopefully they'll get it. It's also at a party of adults. Finally, the stumps will be a challenge to use my hands, but I plan on sneaking into the bathroom several times to whip out my garter flask. Thanks for all of these points you brought up; they are all really important to consider. I mainly just didn't want to come off as insensitive or ignorant to other people's pain.
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